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adam2

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295 days ago

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I am looking to buy a new drill press and could use some suggestions. I am thinking about the Jet 15” 16 speed. Any input would be appreciated.


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Blackie_

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#1 posted 295 days ago

Adam, not sure if you have a preference on speed and the Jet but Lowes as the Porter Cable 15” 12 speed with laser and light for $329.99, this is the one I bought with good reviews and I’m very happy with it.

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#2 posted 295 days ago

I have a lot of Jet tools and like them. I have the Ridgid DP and it is a good one. Like most drill presses, it needs an auxiliary table and fence to be a great woodworking tool.

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NiteWalker

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#3 posted 295 days ago

+1 on the porter cable; it’s probably the best floor model for the money at the moment. I have the ridgid too and love it, but the PC has a few extra features I like better on it (depth stop, light position, etc.). I ended up with the ridgid because I got it for $100 less than the PC. The ridgid is now $500, and it’s definitely not worth $500.

If you’re going to spend the money the 15” jet commands, I’d step up to the 17” JDP-17DX.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#4 posted 295 days ago

I have a Delta table top model, think it’s a DP250 which appears to no longer be in production.

One think I really like about my Delta is that it has the speed knob on the front, so it is REALLY easy to change the speed on it.

If I had to open it up, and move a belt around to change speeds, that probably wouldn’t happen very often, but since it is so easy I do it fairly often.

Randy

-- Randy, Los Angeles/Brentwood, Ca

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Blackie_

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#5 posted 295 days ago

I thought all drill presses came with depth stop?

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Julian

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#6 posted 295 days ago

Which every brand you choose I would suggest you take a long drill bit with you before making the purchase. I have found that some drill presses have too much play in the chuck. Ask to plug it in and turn it on after you chuck your drill bit. See it the bit runs true.

-- Julian

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#7 posted 295 days ago

Earlier this year I bought a Jet 17 inch and I have no regrets. I this is the first DP I have had with the laser cross hairs. I really have not used it yet, because it is off center right now and I don’t want to take the time/trouble to calibrate it. I do think I am really glad I stepped up to the 17 in.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#8 posted 295 days ago

I’d go with the Porter Cable over any other new DP in that size range. The features/price ratio makes it pretty unbeatable.
I’m sure the Jet is a good tool, but I’m not sure its worth the extra dough.

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ScrubPlane

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#9 posted 295 days ago

Just to add to your confusion…consider comparing the ‘throw distance’. My Steel City had the longest in its class when I purchased it…since passed or equaled by the Delta. Still a good drill press for the money.

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adam2

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#10 posted 295 days ago

thanks for the help.

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Danpaddles

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#11 posted 295 days ago

I like my delta, 17-950. Keep some bucks back for a nice top, suitable for a woodworker. I do think a DP is one place where you could save some money and still be smiling. I’d consider Harbor Freight, if I was on a tight budget.

That said- I wish I had the front speed adjust. Belts are a pain. Randy had it right.

I did take out the center pulley, and bought a long (pink link) belt- in effect turned it into a 5 speed DP. But the range is everything I need. Much quicker to change speeds. Still, a simple dial on the front would be sweet.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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NiteWalker

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#12 posted 295 days ago

Randy, they do, but on the ridgid it’s on the feed handle hub; the pc has an easier to use threaded rod style stop.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Blackie_

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#13 posted 295 days ago

Danpaddles, HF price range from 239 – 549 + – myself I still think the Lowes PC is the better deal over HF.

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adam2

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#14 posted 294 days ago

found a Dayton 17” on craigslist any thoughts.

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littletim

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#15 posted 294 days ago

anyone have the powermatic with the vari-speed? onle model out there that I can find with the vari-speed.

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